Swimming To Host Husky Invitational This Week

Dec. 3, 2008

SEATTLE - The University of Washington swim team will host its annual Husky Invitational this week at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash., Dec. 4-6.

The event features 13 teams from all over the country. In addition to UW, Pac-10 schools California (men), Oregon State (women) and USC will also be competing. Several local teams will be take part, including Puget Sound and Seattle along with Whitworth and British Columbia. Also competing are Boise State, Hawaii, North Carolina State, UC-Davis and UC-Santa Barbara.

The three-day competition features morning prelims each day from 9:30 a.m. to approximately Noon followed by finals each night from 6 p.m. to approximately 8 p.m.

The UW women are ranked No. 24 in this week's national poll on CollegeSwimming.com. They are led by senior Genevieve Patterson and junior Erin Campbell, who each swam NCAA B times at the prestigious Art Adamson Invitational in College Station, Texas, two weeks ago, site of the 2009 NCAA Championships. The Huskies finished a program-best 12th at the NCAA Championships last season and look ready to challenge for a top 10 spot again. The women have also received strong contributions from their freshman class, with Kelly Flynn Danielle Gong and Hannah Ross already moving into the top-10 all time at UW in their respective events while fellow freshman Amelia Messegee has also posted some solid time.

The men have been led by a trio of seniors in Jon Banker, Evan Bernier and Scott Spansail. Spansail set a school record in the 1650 free at the Art Adamson Invitational while Banker and Bernier continue to lead the team with their consistency and versatility.

The Husky Invitational is one of only three more chances to watch the Husky women at home this season and one of just two remaining home meets for the men. UW will also host a dual meet with Minnesota on Jan. 17, while the women's Pac-10 Championships will take place at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center, Feb. 25-28.

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